from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A masterpiece; the most memorable accomplishment of one’s career or lifetime.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The most important piece or feature; the show piece; the main event or incident in any round or series, as the most forcible article in a magazine, the principal exhibition or performance in a show or theatrical entertainment, or the most substantial dish in a dinner.
When Johnny drops his black bean soup on the floor, it goes “kershplat” and Mommy scurries about yammering unintelligibly while she wipes his beautiful pièce de résistance off the floor.
The fireplace was surrounded with loops of the same yellow damask, and the bed, the focusing point, the rococo pièce de résistance of the whole room, was befrilled and befurbelowed until its original shape was lost altogether.
The pièce de résistance was James Galway, the flutist.